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Wednesday 26 November 2014

    Riesling Masters 2014: The results

    When judges are kicking down the door to join in with a tasting, and medalists are hailing from all corners and at all price-points, you know you have a special grape on your hands.

    TGI Friday’s sued over drinks menu

    A man charged $10.39 for a mixed drink at TGI Friday’s is suing the chain, claiming it deliberately hid the cost of drinks to trick customers into paying more.

    Cocaine stash found hidden in wine shipment

    US customs officers have seized 35 pounds of cocaine that was found hidden in a wine shipping container.

Top 10 gadget gifts for wine lovers

With Christmas approaching at lightning speed, we round up a selection of practical, aspirational and outrageous gadgets for the wine-lover in your life.

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Top 10 Napa Valley wine hotels

With its endless summers, sweeping vineyards, fine dining and proximity to the ocean, Napa is perhaps one of the most enticing wine regions in the world.

Natural botrytis-killing pesticide licenced

A British company is on the cusp of commercialising an all-natural pesticide that can kill the grape fungus botrytis and is harmless to the honey bee.

NHS launches pill to cut alcohol cravings

A pill that promises to reduce the desire to drink alcohol is now available on prescription from the NHS.

How not to make sparkling wine

Everyone in possession of a soda stream and a bottle of wine has had this thought cross their mind. This video proves that it’s a bad idea…

Beer

Budweiser loses out to craft beer in US

Millennial drinkers are shunning the self-proclaimed “King of Beers” in favour of craft, with shipments outnumbering those of Budweiser for the first time.

Pair visit 18,000 pubs over three decades

It has taken them 30 years and 36,000 pints, but a pair of committed pub patrons can finally lay claim to having completed the world’s longest pub crawl.

App predicts taste in wine and beer

A new iPhone app has launched, which claims to be able to predict a consumer’s taste in wine and beer with 96% accuracy.

Britons shun wine for beer

Britons are increasingly choosing beer instead of wine when eating out, with diners becoming ever more discerning over their choice of brew.

World Class 2015: The Next Generation

There is no global cocktail competition quite like World Class – it needs no introduction.

by Ross Kerslake

Burgundian or Oregondian?

A Pinot Noir being described as Burgundian is always a bit of a double-edged sword, especially when the wine is not in fact from Burgundy. by Simone Madden-Grey

Tequila Fest UK: All hail the agave

As the UK prepares to host its first Tequila festival, Ross Kerslake reveals how his love affair with the agave spirit began. by Ross Kerslake

Long term investors can grow Scotch whisky sector

The Scotch Whisky industry is thriving, but funding is currently the biggest headache for new start distilleries. by Adam Hardie
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WHISK(E)Y

Africa developing a thirst for whisky

Affluent Africans are turning their attention to whisky, with consumers in South Africa, Angola and Morocco leading the charge.

English sparkling wine to name ship

Champagne will be shunned for English sparkling wine next year when Britain’s biggest cruise ship is officially named.

Top 10 lots at Spink HK sale

Limited edition Rolling Stones and Mt Fuji releases from Yamazaki and Hibiki headline Spink’s next Hong Kong auction on 20 November.

Jura releases George Orwell 1984 expression

Jura has released a limited edition 1984 Vintage in honour of writer George Orwell.

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Astor’s top 10 best-selling wines

A fixture of New York’s Greenwich Village since 1946, Astor Wines & Spirits was recently declared the city’s “best wine and liquor store 2014″ by the Village Voice.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

With Christmas fast approaching this week’s round up features some top festive sparklers, fruity Ports and a handful of juicy Carmenères.

Top 10 wines in the US press

From a “budget-friendly Syrah” and $60 Californian “grand cru-level” Chardonnay to a $360 Burgundy grand cru, this week’s roundup features a wine to suit all tastes and wallets.

Top 10 wine faux pas

The world of wine needn’t be an intimidating gauntlet of unexplainable terms and stuffy etiquette, but being aware of some common pitfalls can’t hurt.

Top 10 bizarre US drinking laws

From the practical and protective to the inexplicably bizarre, America is home to some of the world’s oddest alcohol laws.

Top 10 London brunch spots

From high-class cafés to sky-high dining rooms, we round up some of London’s top brunch spots, for when a cup of tea and a slice of toast just won’t do.

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Fine Wine

Sotheby’s sale to offer ‘best of the best’

Auction house Sotheby’s is to offer the “best of the best” at its next Hong Kong auction next month with over 200 lots of the world’s finest wines up for grabs.

Burgundy dominates at $5.6m sale

Part two of auction house Wally’s Roy Welland Collection sale raised US$5.6 million, smashing its low estimate of $3.6m.

Uncorked: David Baverstock

David Baverstock, head winemaker at Herdade do Esporão in the Alentejo, speaks to the drinks business about his illustrious career in Portugal.

Chinese wine dealer smashes fake Lafite

A wine merchant in the Chinese city of Shenzen has held a public destruction of several bottles of fake Lafite he bought at auction.

Champagne

Star toasts mega deal with $20k Moët

Baseball star Giancarlo Stanton celebrated signing a $325 million deal with the Miami Marlins, the biggest in US sports history, with a $20k bottle of Moët.

£11.5k of wine stolen from London resto

Con men pretending to work for wealthy Arab clients have stolen £11,500 of Champagne and fine wine from Michelin-starred restaurant Pied à Terre.

Baz Luhrmann designs $785 Champagne sabre

Hollywood film director Baz Luhrmann has released a US$785 Champagne sabre in collaboration with Barneys New York.

Pol Roger creates 2002 collection

Champagne Pol Roger has chosen the highly acclaimed 2002 vintage to launch a collection of three expressions from this year.

Amathus launches Shoreditch site

Drinks distributor and retailer Amathus has opened a fourth shop in Shoreditch, adding to its sites in Soho, Knightsbridge and the City of London.